CALAVO GROWERS: A new pack of fresh, ripe avocado halves has a shelf life from the date of manufacture of 60 days, says Rick Joyal, northeast region sales manager for Santa Paula, Calif-based Calavo Growers Inc. The peeled and pitted hass avocado halves are vaccuum-packed in plastic. A paperboard box protects the product but has avocado-shaped holes for showing the avocado. No preservatives are used in the product. The 2- to 3-ounce packs are packed six to a case.
COOSEMANS NEW YORK: It is tough to get fresher than grow your own. Coosemans New York Inc. has just begun offering growing baby pineapple plants for retail sales, says Alfie Badalamenti, vice president. It takes two or three months for the fruit to mature, getting 4 to 5 inches in size. The plant gets up to 3 feet tall, he says.
CORRIGAN: Gurnee, Ill.-based Corrigan Corporation of America has a new solution for warehouses and distribution centers designed to keep the atmosphere at just the right humidity without the puddles. The company’s new VaporPlus system emits “dry-fog” mist into a room, enabling warehouses to maintain the right relative humidity for a variety of uses, including fresh produce, says Larry Werner, sales and marketing director.
Werner says it’s a practical solution for warehouses because boxes and floors stay dry and produce stays fresh.
CRYSTAL VALLEY: Miami-based specialty produce supplier Crystal Valley Foods Inc. opened an office on the Los Angeles Terminal Market. The office opened in October, said Rick Durkin, director of business development. Durkin said the company decided to offer a West Coast option because of customer demand.
“We’re also getting more involved in the Mexican growing operations, and that’s another advantage of having an office in Los Angeles,” he said.
Pamela RiemenschneiderDecas Cranberry Products Inc.DECAS: Carver, Mass.-based Decas Cranberry Products Inc. is working on a new snack-size pack for flavored cranberries. The Fruit Face line features four flavored varieties of dried cranberries with half the sugar of traditional dried cranberries, which appeals to parents who want healthier snacks for their children, says Larry Woehl, senior director of national accounts and retail brokers. The packages include six single-serving packets of cranberries. Woehl said Meijer is testing the product and the company plans a national launch in February.